Anything but black

Ausra Linkeviciute
20 minutes


''You're born and you will die" confidently declares an eighty year old woman trying on the outfit she has prepared for her future death. Still widely practiced amongst the elderly population in rural Lithuania, the ancient custom of preparing your own burial clothes seems much less acceptable to the younger generation. Anything But Black explores this unique tradition through encounters with those who still maintain it - proudly showing off the dresses as their sacred possession; those who express their disapproval and also those to whom this practice is completely unheard of. The film proposes a rather unconventional attitude towards death - that of acceptance. From this perspective, death is less sinister, and can get even humorous.

Producer / Production company: 
Goldsmiths, University of London
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